The man suspected of fatally shooting a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and injuring two California Highway Patrol officers in a shootout Wednesday died from his injuries on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, 32, was named by the department as the gunman who fatally shot deputy Robert French as he fled from a room at the Ramada Inn on Auburn Boulevard. Auto theft investigators with an inter-agency task force were attempting to enter the room when they say someone fired multiple rounds through the walls, striking two undercover CHP officers.
Littlecloud was seen carrying a high-powered assault rifle as he fled from the hotel’s balcony into a nearby car, shooting French in the process, the department said. He led officers on a vehicle pursuit south on Fulton Avenue and then east on El Camino Avenue before crashing the car just west of Watt Avenue.
French, a 21-year veteran of the department assigned to the North Patrol Division, died on his way to the hospital, the Sacramento Bee reports.